It seems odd that Jermaine Elliott — Digital Harbor Foundation EdTech fellow, teacher at Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West — didn’t have computers inside his classroom until the morning of Dec. 3.
While the West campus of Bluford Drew Jemison holds several computer labs, access to the labs wasn’t always guaranteed, and one of the labs had been temporarily used as an in-school suspension room, as Elliott explained during the EdTech Meetup on Dec. 3.
Thanks to Computers Count, a nonprofit operating in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland, Elliott had five refurbished computers installed in his classroom the weekend before Dec. 3.
Watch Jermaine Elliott talk about digital access at the meetup:
In addition, Digital Harbor Foundation has donated three new Android Minis to Bluford Drew Jemison. At $60 apiece, the Android Minis run the same software as Android tablets, and act as fully functioning computers when plugged into a monitor and keyboard. The bonus is that the minis run apps found in the Google Play store.
As Shelly Blake-Plock, co-executive director of the Digital Harbor Foundation, said after handing the minis to Elliott at the EdTech Meetup: “There’s no reason that we can’t get relevant technology into every classroom in this city.”-30-
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